The ground traditionally holds the largest Eid congregation in the country every year
For the first time in around 200 years, the historic Sholakia Eidgah Maidan in Kishoreganj did not hold a congregation for Eid prayers on an Eid day.
The local authorities decided to not organise the Eid prayers on the Eidgah grounds, which traditionally holds the largest congregation in the country every year, on Monday, in line with the government's directive to maintain social distancing and avoid public gathering.
Earlier, the government had banned all kinds of religious congregations in open spaces to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, which has killed over 500 people around the country so far.
Ahead of the Eid-ul-Fitr, which the country celebrated in a limited manner on Monday because of the coronavirus pandemic, the authorities also asked people to avoid Eid congregations and say Eid prayers in mosques maintaining social distancing rules.
Due to this, the 193th congregation on the Sholakia grounds did not take place on this Eid, said Kishoreganj Deputy Commissioner Md Sarwar Morshed Chowdhury.
In 2016, four people were killed during a terrorist attack at the Sholakia Eidgah, where thousands of people from all over the country comes to attend the Eid prayers every year.
However, even just after that attack, a single-row congregation was held.
This year, several congregations were held at different mosques in Sholakia and Kishoreganj from 8am on Monday.